Celebrating Aboriginal Heritage

Photo of Kevin Masterman By Kevin Masterman,
Toronto Police Service
Published at 2:39 p.m., June 11, 2014

Toronto Police members joined the community in celebrating Aboriginal heritage at the Wellesley Community Centre June 11 in the lead up to National Aboriginal Day. The day marked the last major event for Constable Kim Turner who is retiring this summer after leading the Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit for many years. Constable Christopher Robert takes over her position. Turner was given a warm send off from senior officers and community members alike.

A man holds a large staff with large feathers attached to it followed by officers in TPS uniform carrying flags
Steve Paquette holds the Eagle Staff in front of flag bearers
A man holds a large staff with large feathers attached to it followed by officers in TPS uniform carrying flags
A woman speaking at a podium
A boy singing and drumming surrounded by other boys and girls
A group of officers in TPS uniform walk past flag bearers
A man in TPS uniform speaks at a podium
The APU symbol embroidered on a jacket
A group of girls in white T-shirts arranged in a row sing
A girl and woman dancing in costume near officers in TPS uniform
The APU symbol near two unfocused figures
A woman in costume dances
A girl wearing a dress with metal cylinders on it dancing
A man in TPS uniform speaking at a podium
A man hugs a woman in TPS uniform
Three men drum together
A woman in TPS uniform beside a man
A man in TPS uniform bangs a  drum seated in a circle next to three other men
A drum with drumsticks atop it
A man looks towards flags
A woman in TPS uniform holding hands with children dressed in white T-shirts
A man in TPS uniform holds hands with children
A group of children in white T-shirts seated and drumming in a circle
A girl holding several plastic rings